​A photo is worth a thousand words........... or brush strokes!


​Please remember the detail of the final portrait is directly related to the quality and focus of the photographs you supply.

​To ensure I can achieve the best results for your pet portrait it is important that I can work from clear images which show detail of your particular pet.  It is best to send 3 or 4 images or photos, with you indicating which one is the truest example of their color.

​It is also best to take photographs outside without a flash or by a large window to avoid red eye. Try to avoid very sunny days as this will cast dark shadows on your pet, and may not reflect their true color.  Likewise a very cloudy day isn't good either.  It is best to take your pets photo at eye level with them facing the camera.  Try to get as close as you can but staying in focus.  I can only draw what I see.

​Sometimes this can be difficult especially if your pet has passed away.  In this case please provide a selection of photos so that I can determine if I am able to work with them.  If I feel that I can't work from the photos I will let you know.

​Most of us use our cell phones these days, they are so easy when you are out and about.  But these images for pet portraits can be very tricky as often they are not very sharp or clear or have dark shadows and are too far in the distance.  A traditional camera is highly recommended.  I ask for images to be emailed in their original format, not edited or enhanced or resized in any way.

​Frame your image filling all the space in your view finder, and be careful not to chop their ears off!  Also, please remove any collars, harnesses and sweaters you don't want in the photo.  It is very hard for me to imagine what these areas looks like when they are covered up by these items.

​All original photos will be returned to you.  If you do not wish to send the originals, you can scan them and send them to me via e-mail at dirich2@centurylink.net.

​Here is an example of the importance of the picture(s) you submit for a portrait.  This is my dog "Quigley," and as you can see in the photo on the left his coloring is darker and more reddish than the portrait on the right.  I was able to get his true coloring because he is my dog and I can see him, but if you had submitted a photo like the one on the left, I can only draw what I see.  This highlights the importance of submitting photos that are as true to the color and detail of your pet as possible, several photos are better than one, when possible.  In the photo "Quigley" looks like he has very dark eyes, when actually they are medium/light amber brown, and he is a white dog with light blonde patches of fur.